BDA Policy Agreement 2020/2021
5 Ways To Learn
BDA offers a variety of service options including private instruction, small group instruction, traditional classes, online instruction and pre-recorded classes to meet the needs of students and staff as well as for the ability to maintain service continuity in any situation.
Rescheduling, Teacher and Class Substitutions
Teacher assignments will be announced before classes begin. BDA reserves the right to reschedule or combine classes, or to provide a substitute teacher. BDA reserves the right to deliver class content via an online system in the event that classes are not able to be conducted live for any reason including, but not limited to: weather, teacher absence, or governmental advisory.
Safer Studio Policy
BDA requires all staff and students to stay home when they are ill. In order to reduce community spread of Coronavirus, we follow best practices and recommendations from our local health department and from our industry associations, More Than Just Great Dancing!® and Youth Protection Advocates in Dance. BDA understands that unlike older children and adults, young children cannot be expected to maintain social distancing at all times. Therefore BDA focuses on a hierarchy of measures beginning with keeping ill people home, followed by frequent hand cleaning and good hygiene practices, amplified cleaning, and curricular and facility adaptations to minimize contact and mingling where possible. All studio classes are backed up on an online learning platform. In the event a class is unable to be held at the studio, classes will convert to an online learning platform until in-studio classes can resume.
Continuous Parent Communication Plan
BDA uses a “green, yellow, red” system of continuous parent communicating regarding the status of classes which can be found in the top left-hand corner of our website and social media. Green indicates to attend face-to-face classes as usual. Yellow indicates a cautionary change to service delivery, so please check your email. Red indicates clients should stay home and attend class online.
BDA works to keep you informed and up to date on regular studio happenings: Please read our Monthly Email Newsletter, Email, and Studio Communication Center. Follow @belladanceyk on Facebook and @bella.dance.academy on Instagram for weekly updates, and join our BDA Parent & Student Community on Facebook to connect with faculty and families. Any questions - We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your dancer or our programs. Let us know if we can help you in any way!
Regular attendance is vital to student progress and group choreography. Please make every effort to attend each class. If you miss more than two of the final eight classes before our year-end performance you may be dismissed from participating in the performance routine at the discretion of the teacher. Please report all absences via website link.
It is of the utmost importance that every student is placed in the appropriate class and level. Proper placement will be determined upon assessment of the student and only the teacher will decide which is best for the student. This will be done during registration. In order to meet the needs of every student, it is sometimes necessary to move a student to a better suited class. Any changes in class levels will be made in the first few weeks of classes. Since muscles, bones and coordination abilities form at different rates for each student, progress will vary between students. One year progress may be rapid, another it may be slower. It usually takes two years before all of the necessary skills have been acquired; therefore, it is prudent not to expect each student to progress to the next level each year. The placement of students should never be considered a “Pass or Fail” situation. All students will receive a Student Recommendation form from their instructor at the end of the dance season. Instructors will give a few short comments on student progress and recommended classes and levels for following dance season.
BDA provides two inter-sessional breaks that provide flexibility during the dance season: one in the late fall and one in the late winter. Inter-sessional breaks allow for the potential makeup of classes in the event of breaks or a cessation of classes for any reason.
Proper attire and hair etiquette are required for all classes. Special class attire including shoes and hair will be published in our August newsletter. For safety reasons, dancers are not permitted to wear jewelry. All required items will be available for purchase, in our Bella Boutique (with the exception of Pointe shoes).
In an effort to maximize both instructional time and observational time, parent observation will be permitted for the entire class on scheduled dates (please see the BDA 2020/21 Season Calendar). Other observations are at the teacher's discretion. We ask that you observe quietly, that cell phones be turned off, and that siblings are monitored and quiet during observations.
Lost & Found
A lost and found basket is located under the coat racks in the waiting room. Please check the lost and found basket regularly as all lost and found items are donated to the Salvation Army on the 15th of each month. BDA is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. Please do not leave belongings unattended. Dancers are encouraged to take dance bags into classrooms with them.
We are very pleased to be working towards offering Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Ballet Exams and Canadian Dance Teachers’ Association Exams in Jazz, Tap, Modern and Acro during our 2020/2021 season. Eligible classes and/or students will be selected early in the season, and will work towards June examination periods. Participation is not mandatory, but is encouraged. Extra fees apply and special attire is required. If your dancer has been selected to participate in an examination or class award session, you will receive notice (and all details) no later than October 15th.
If we do not have the dancewear you are looking for, we would be happy to place an order for you for our regularly stocked items. For special order items, we will refer to our online partnership with Johnny Brown, where you can order everything a dancer could ever dream of...right to your doorstep! Payment is required when placing the order and special order items are non-refundable. Please beware that we have very little control over shipping times for special orders. We can only hold dancewear at the front desk for three business days. If you have not paid and picked up your items within 3 business days, we will return the items to the shelf.
Entering/Exiting the Studio
The studio will be opened ten minutes prior to your class. Please wait quietly in the waiting room until your class begins and your instructor invites you to the dance area. Should you arrive while a class is in progress, please come in quietly and speak with your instructor without disrupting the class. Please pick children up promptly after their class has finished. During winter months we ask that you make sure that your child has entered the studio before leaving. All students must wait inside the building until parents have arrived. Students are not to be left at the school for excessive time before or after class.
Please encourage your children to use the washroom prior to the commencement of class.
Water bottles are permitted in class, however are not necessary for younger students. Students will not be permitted to leave class for water or snacks during class time. Snacks and gum are not permitted in the studio area.
Cell phones are NOT permitted in the dance area. BDA does provide a designated bin for cell phones by the door of each studio so students may keep on eye on their valuables without them being a distraction to the students, however we highly suggest leaving all valuables at home.
Last Updated: June 30, 2020